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Passerina ciris (Linnaeus, 1758)
Painted Bunting
Family: Cardinalidae
Photo of species

© Len Jellicoe  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #11372)

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Distribution of Passerina ciris in British Columbia
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Males of this species of the southern United States are one of the most colourful passerines in North America, but unfortunately few individuals have wandered into British Columbia. Although most reports in the Pacific Northwest likely refer to naturally-occurring individuals, caution must be used in future reports to ensure the individuals did not originate in captivity.

1.(1) adult male; August 1-4, 1995; Richmond
2.(1) adult female; March 21-April 5, 2006; Brentwood Bay, Saanich Peninsula
3.(1) adult male; August 14-16, 2007; Johnson’s Landing, near Kaslo

Note Authors: Rick Toochin and Jamie Fenneman

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
BC Ministry of Environment: BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer--the authoritative source for conservation information in British Columbia.

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Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2024-04-22 10:37:39 PM]
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